Antique paste stones took quite a lot of skill to produce and became very popular, with Marie Antoinette appointing a specific craftsman to make the jewels for her Court. The use of paste remained common in fine jewelry, with Georgians and Victorians preferring to travel with less valuable adornments, as highway robbery was common.
This eye-catching ring is crafted in 15 karat yellow gold and has a flower, or daisy formation of a center paste topaz surrounded by paste amethysts. All the stones were backed with thin sheets of silver foil to enhance the color and sparkle. The ring is closed back to protect the foil treatment, an indication of its age, which dates to approximately 1800, but could be earlier. A true piece of history, and fun to marvel at the innovation of a civilization and style from over two hundred years ago!
Size (can be resized): 7.75
Weight: 2.6 grams
Materials: Gold, Silver, Amethyst & Topaz Paste Stones
Metal: 15K yellow gold, silver prongs
Condition: Excellent Antique condition commensurate with age and wear